Using natural cleansing balms and how to use them properly to avoid skin problems
Natural Cleansing Balms
I have been trying out natural beauty products for decades and in that time I have tried many natural cleansing balms. It's fair to say that I haven't got on too well with a lot of them.
I've had pimples, spots, rashes, full blown break-outs and even acne!
It took me some time to sort out what made a good cleansing balm and what ingredients to avoid in them.
What is a Cleansing Balm?
Cleansing balms are rich and creamy formulas made from oils, waxes or butters that lift dirt and deep cleanse the skin without drying it out. They can also be used safely around the eyes.
Ingredients to avoid in Cleansing Balms
Anything from my list of 15 ingredients to avoid in your skincare products! You can see the list HERE and also read about how to understand the ingredients list on skincare products.
Go for natural cleansing balms every time, un-fragranced or with essential oils. Avoid anything with 'parfum' or 'fragrance' listed on the ingredients list and anything with colours in it.
Beeswax in Cleansing Balms
The natural cleansing balms that I have not got on well with have had a huge amount of beeswax in them and I now avoid facial products which have a high concentration of beeswax in (apart from lip balms).
Downsides of Natural Cleansing Balms
There are a lot of natural cleansing balms out there that have beeswax in them and the reason I don't like this is because when there is a high concentration of beeswax in a product it's really hard to get out of the pores properly. This can be exacerbated when people rub the balm into their skin hard, pushing the wax in to pores even further. It can cause all sorts of skin issues including breakouts, spots and acne.
Avoid natural cleansing balms with a high concentration of beeswax in them
If you are having any facial skin issues and are using a natural cleansing balm then I recommend checking the ingredients list. Remember that the ingredients are listed in order of concentration with the highest concentrations first.
If you have previously used a cleaning balm and had skin problems, you could try again with a beeswax free one - you can read my review of Lyonsleaf Beauty Balm which is beeswax free and available in fragranced and un-fragranced versions.
You need to ensure that you cleanse properly when you are using a natural cleansing balm and this means using a face cloth, not just water, to remove it. See How To Use a Cleansing Balm.
Beeswax Skin Benefits
Don't let this put you off beeswax in skincare altogether though, especially in body products! Beeswax is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and is great for dermatitis and psoriasis. It softens skin and reduces trans-epidermal water loss whilst providing a protective barrier for the skin. (Bee Products in Dermatology and Skincare. Anna Kurek-Gorecka et al February 2020). This is why it is so good in lip and hand balms.
Beeswax also contains a source of Vitamin A which helps delay collagen degrading in the skin and also helps damaged skin regenerate. Beeswax has a huge amount to offer on the skincare front and I love it, you just have to be careful how you use it on your face as not every skin will react well to it.
Benefits of Natural Cleansing Balms
Natural cleansing balms are great for sensitive and delicate skin as they don't strip the natural oils. Some people think that they are not good to use on oily and combination skin but the opposite can the true. Many foaming face washes and cleansers strip the skin, encouraging it to make more sebum and then you get in to a vicious cycle with the skin over producing oils to try and rebalance itself.
By using a natural cleansing balm on oily and acne prone skin (one with the right oils in that don't clog the pores - called non comedogenic), the skin is encouraged to settle after a while and it will start to self regulate the production of sebum.
Natural cleansing balms also help stop water loss from the skin meaning that it looks more plumped up and less dehydrated. As a bonus, this means fine lines and wrinkles look less noticeable - great for mature or dry skins which need an added moisture boost during cleansing.
How to Use a Cleansing Balm
Wash your hands and make sure they are thoroughly dry
Put a small amount of cleansing balm on to your fingertips and rub it in the palms of your hands until it melts
Apply to dry skin and start to gently massage the balm all over the face. You can use it to remove eye makeup from scratch, but I usually take most of my eye make-up off with a cleanser first
Run a cleansing cloth under quite warm water* then use the cloth to start to gently remove the melted balm from your face in circular motions. Do not pull, drag or stretch the skin. Rinse the cloth and repeat the process until the balm has completely been removed
Rinse face with warm water and pat dry
* I absolutely adore the Dual Action Facial Cloth by Baie Botanique. There are two sides to the cloth, the soft bamboo terry-like side is used to remove the cleanser and make-up and the cotton muslin side is then used to gently exfoliate the skin. The cloth is reusable and easily washed and eco-friendly. It costs £6 for one or £18 for a pack of three and you can Read my review on it here.
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